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House Bill Proposes 2 Year Delay In ELD Mandate

On Tuesday, July 17, Texas congressman Brian Babin has introduced a bill which, if signed into law, would delay implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate until December 2019. The “ELD Extension Act of 2017” would authorize a two-year delay. The proposed legislation was immediately referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the House of Representatives.

Report Cites Concerns over ELD Mandate

On Monday, July 16, a House report suggested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) study a possible ELD delay. Consideration of a delay is motivated in part by concerns about potential burdens faced by owner-operators and smaller fleets. The report also cited enforcement concerns and technological issues as further reasons for a proposed delay.

The ELD Extension Act of 2017 only becomes law if it is passed in both the House and the Senate and subsequently signed into law by the President. Sometimes, such bills eventually become a part of comprehensive appropriations legislation. The Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) cites hours of service changes attached to a 2013 bill as an example.

Currently, both the House and the Senate are working on appropriations bills relevant to the DOT. Freight Waves reports that, on Monday, language was added to the appropriations bill which would give the FMCSA 60 days to decide whether the existing December 18, 2017, deadline should remain, and whether other changes to the ELD mandate are warranted.

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